Physician Assistant Studies FAQs
How many students will be admitted?
The program admits 25 students each September.
How do I apply?
All applications are accepted through CASPA at https://caspa.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login
Our application cycle opens on July 15 each year, the CASPA cycle ends the following April (check the CASPA site for the exact date). Our cycle ends when CASPA closes the admission cycle.
When do you begin to review applications?
Our CASPA site opens July 15 each year and we will begin to review applications soon after that. We work on rolling admissions and review applications as they are verified by CASPA.
What are you looking for in an application?
We take a holistic approach to our review of an application while ensuring that the applicant has met our cumulative and prerequisite GPA requirements, clinical hours, time spent with a PA-C, number of letters of recommendation, and completion of the supplemental application.
What items are assessed during the interview process?
During the interview, we assess the following: motivation, communication skills, stress tolerance, time management and presentation.
Is Advanced Placement available?
No advanced standing is granted and no credit for past work or experiences is given. No advanced placement or transfer credit may be applied toward fulfilling the PA Program curriculum regardless of previous foreign, domestic, graduate or undergraduate coursework. Students must complete all PA Program course requirements. No courses in the PA Program curriculum will be waived.
What are the prerequisites for this program?
Prerequisite information is available on our Admissions page.
Am I allowed to hold a job while I am a student in the program?
- Due to the full-time curriculum and intensity of the PA Program, students are advised to not work outside the program. Any student who does undertake such employment must understand that the requirements of the PA Program will not be altered to accommodate a work schedule.
- The program may have graduate assistants (GAs) who may assist with providing academic review sessions or participating in student recruitment events. Students who are GAs receive credit on their tuition.
- No student will be required to work for the program.
Does the program place students in their clinical sites?
Yes, the program is solely responsible for placing students in their clinical sites. Students are not required to solicit clinical sites. Students may suggest a hospital or office-based practice for clinical experiences, but the site must be reviewed by the program before any student assignments are made.
Do I have to travel to clinical sites?
Clinical sites are all located in the State of New Jersey.
How long does each clinical rotation last?
The Internal Medicine and General Surgery clinical rotations are each 8-weeks in length. The remaining clinical experiences, Pediatrics, Women's Health, Behavioral Health, Emergency Room, Geriatrics, and Elective One and Elective Two are 4-weeks.